By Elissa Tucker
Fort Campbell couple Charles and Kayla Gaytan have been on a unique journey since their love story began.
Kayla and Charles met last year, and both said it was love at first sight. Charles proposed Jan. 3, 2016, they were married Jan. 16, and in February, Kayla was set to start chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
“Charles was truly a godsend,” Kayla said. “I really think God sent him to me, so that I had a lifeline through all of my cancer treatment.”
Charles is an investigator with the 716th Military Police Battalion at Fort Campbell, and Kayla said his unit has been more than understanding of their circumstances.
“He’s been with me every step of the way and made it to every chemotherapy treatment his work schedule would allow him to make it to,” she said.
Kayla endured several months of chemotherapy, going every other week, before doctors told her she may not be able to have any more children. Kayla — a mother to Ethan, 11, and Harper, 22 months — was saddened to hear this news, as she and Charles had not yet had an opportunity to have children of their own. However, in June, she found out she was pregnant — with not only one baby, but four.
“We were both surprised and shocked,” Kayla said. “Since becoming pregnant, I’ve had to put my chemotherapy and radiation on hold until after the babies arrive.”
Kayla is nearing 27 weeks and going strong. UPDATE: Kayla and Charles Gaytan welcomed their quadruplets, Lillian, Victoria, Michael, and Charles on Dec. 30.
“The babies are all doing really well, and although most quadruplet mommies only carry to 28 to 32 weeks gestation, my goal is 34 weeks,” she said. “I figure I’ve beat the odds so far, so what’s one more.”
Kayla has started chemotherapy and recently celebrated her one-year anniversary with Charles.
To follow Kayla and Charles Gaytan on their journey, follower her page, “Kayla Shea Gaytan,” on Facebook.